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Apologies, new release, and other news! ~ @LaynaPimentel

It’s been some time since I last posted and I’m dreadfully sorry. Shit seems to happen in three’s and my life for the last year has been no exception. That said, I’m back and excited to share a number of things with you over the next few months.

I have a new release!!! My first one in 1.5 yrs and thank goodness for that.

Shadowed By Sin is a Gothic romance around 42k and so full of twists and turns, I have no idea where the concept came for it. Here’s a bit of a teaser for you to chomp on:

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Released in eBook on August 17th, 2015

Liquid Silver Books

Novella – 83 pages

Historical Romantic Suspense/Gothic Romance

ISBN: 978-1-62210-245-7

Warning: This book is intended for a mature audience only, and contains frank language and adult situations.

Reviews:

The twists, diabolical turns and disturbing descriptions had me hooked and wanting more! I couldn’t put it down! ~ Goodreads review

Filled with emotional turmoil, danger, suspense, mystery, deceit, lies, scandal, murder and romance. What an awesome blend of romance with suspense, family turmoil and secrets. Not for the faint of heart… ~ My Book Addiction and More

Where I can usually figure out the intrigue element in most mysteries, I wasn’t exactly left guessing who the bad guy was, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out he had an accomplice! ~ Award winning author Nichole Severn

Blurb:

Every man has a price…

As Lord Benedict St. John and his fiancée prepare to marry, his family is blackmailed by a former acquaintance. Hoping to set things straight, he accepts an invitation to dine at the Blackmailer’s family estate.

But how many should die…

Estelle agrees to accompany Benedict, but nothing prepares her for the mysteries and bodies she stumbles across during her time at Hawthorne Hall.

Before the shocking truth is exposed?

Hawthorne Hall holds many secrets, but will Estelle and Benedict escape to see the day their union is blessed, or will they succumb to an untimely end?

Purchase:

Amazon (CA) (US) (UK) | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Liquid Silver | ARe

Print: coming soon

 

In other news, I’ve been creating a few new series for you to indulge in. All are sexy, full length, and 100% exciting. As I get more information regarding release dates and what not, you can be rest assured they’ll be announced here.

A Gift From Fate will also be re-releasing this year with some added content, so watch out for that novella, too.

Will you be attending Romancing the Capital in Ottawa this upcoming May? I hope so. It’ll be my 2nd year as an attending author, and the line up of authors are amazing. Read more about the event hosted by the lovely Eve Langlais here. The price is super reasonable, and you’re bound to have an amazing time.

Well, that’s it for me for this month. I’ll leave you with an excerpt from my brand new release, and hope you have an amazing Sunday.

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“Pardon the intrusion, my lords. This just arrived for Master Benedict.”

The butler passed him an envelope with the identical wax seal from the note his father received earlier. Only this time, the letter was decorated with intricate designs.

“Thank you, Horace.”

“What is it? Who is it from?” his father asked quizzically.

“I don’t know, Father. I’ll have a look at it later. I’m rather late for a few appointments now. I will check in on you later this afternoon. Do tell Mother I will be asking Estelle to join us for dinner tonight.”

His father groaned yet again. While his parents approved of his desire to marry, they simply did not care for his selection of a wife. The aristocratic snobs that they were, they had expected him to marry an equal, or a lady that came with an extremely large dowry. Estelle was Baron Humphrey’s daughter, and while her dowry wasn’t that of an earl’s or viscount’s daughter, her purse strings and entitlements didn’t bother him in the least.

From the moment he saw her for the first time at the market, he’d been smitten with the petite and exotic beauty. He’d lifted her from the muddy street, and as her deep dark eyes settled on his, she’d bewitched him. Mind, it took several weeks for him to dissuade another potential suitor, not that the lad stood a chance. Estelle was one catch he would never give up, and now he had to find the perfect home for them, but where? She lived in town with her father and widowed aunt in a modest townhouse during the season, and after that, they resided in a country home with a full set of staff and several tenants to oversee. All of which he could match with his inheritance; but for Estelle everything had to be perfect. She deserved nothing but the world, and if he could give it to her, he would.

“Horace,” Benedict called out, reaching for his hat. “See that my carriage is ready post haste. I have to go to town and begin looking at properties.”

“Yes, my lord. Right away.” The butler disappeared around the corner, leaving Benedict alone in the foyer.

He desperately wanted to open the envelope but refused to do it so close to home. He didn’t want his father to worry, nor did he want the servants to speculate on what was the matter. He’d open the blasted thing and read it in the privacy of his carriage.

Darkness shrouded the street, as if evil lurked for its first victim of the day. He stepped in, and gave his driver directions to Mayfair. A quick scout of the area would give him an idea of where there might be some opportunities. His future countess deserved the best. After scouring some neighborhoods, he’d collect his lovely bride and return home for dinner.

A few minutes into the drive, he pulled out the letter and opened it.

 

Lord Benedict St. John,

You are formally invited to Hawthorne Hall as a guest of Lord George Cuthbert. Celebrations are expected to last a week, and we hope that you will stay for the duration. Several festivities, including a masque, will be held in honor of George’s return from the continent. We hope you will attend, and look forward to being introduced to your lovely bride-to-be.

Regards,

Lady Cuthbert, Countess of Hawthorne.

 

Nothing made sense. Why would Lord Cuthbert send a letter blackmailing his father, and then invite him and Estelle to attend a party at Hawthorne Hall? It had to be a ruse of sorts, but then again, he could use this as an opportunity to dig more into the situation with his father. Yet, was it wise to introduce Estelle to this particular crowd of society, especially when there were other sinister things being plotted? If anything happened to Estelle while she was in his protection, he would never forgive himself. Nevertheless, if he told her about his plan and what was happening, she might be willing to aid him in freeing his father from the devil’s clutches.

 

 

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Book Covers: What elements attract you to a cover.

Once upon a time, book covers weren’t as graphic as they are now. And given the times, people still bought those books despite the lack of a graphic content that is sexually appealing. I for one , don’t mind a cover either way.

If that wasn’t enough, I find it even more upsetting when cover artist through some small presses only slaps on two images and says “Here you go!” I’ve noticed some pretty sloppy work lately, and I’m not impressed. Not to mention authors have to pay for changes when the artist is way off?! I completely disagree. If it looks sloppy and the author notices, believe me, so will a reader. Why should an author have to pay for the changes? I mean…if they have to pay for it, then I’m pretty sure one could find a pre-made or source out their own cover artist to carry out the vision. Anyhow…enough of my rambling and pet peeves.

What I will do is show you some pretty gorgeous covers I absolutely adore:

 

 

 

If these beautiful covers aren’t enough, here are two links to two of my personal favorite cover artists:

Jon Paul

Erin Dameron-Hill

Silver Phoenix Labs

Seductive Designs

And…how about a cover I made for an upcoming release in 2015? 😉

One Night of Pleasure

What elements of book covers help sway you into buying said book? I’d love to hear from you.

 

 

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Where Has The Time Gone?

A year ago this month, I was ecstatic to have finished up one historical erotic romance series, and was waiting for two more books to release.

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Now, I have nothing scheduled that has a firm day, but I do have a re-release coming later this year. I also re-released my first paranormal short story Hardened Desire. But what about writing another historical romance series? Not to worry. That is also in the works. Midnight Blaze, An Impetuous Lord’s novel is still in progress, and I’m still working on Lost in a Lord’s Embrace.

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As we move into the final stretch of 2014, I thought I would share a few of the things I’ve been working on. I’ve been eagerly working on my sensual Gothic romance for an upcoming pitch session. I’ve also been working on some contemporary pieces as well. Those particular books will be self published, and if you thought Stay With Me was naughty, One Night of Pleasure is an eruption of sexiness waiting to happen.

In addition to all this sensual writing, I’ve taken up creating covers, and freelancing graphic work. Here’s an example of one of my first covers, and it just happens to be one of my indie releases in the Spring of 2015. I do have another, but that one is still very much under wraps.

One Night of Pleasure

 

Aside from that, I’ve been plugging away at life, and researching my butt off.

My question to you is, what are you reading? Read any new hot and short reads? Leave me your recommendation. I’m on the hunt for some reads that are less than 150 pages.

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Sex store hi-jinx and giveaway!

woman-biting-mans-lipAh! Inspiration is everywhere; in books, music, movies, even in real life. For shits and giggles I decided to check out some toys that might play a theme in a book I’ve been outlining. Needless to say, I ended up not writing anything down, and did a little shopping myself. 😀

I’ve been feeling particularly adventurous as of late, and can’t wait to see the expression on my husbands face, when my purchases arrive.

But then  I began to think of the heroine in my new release. Poor, poor, Mercedes. Boy does she get an eye-opening experience with toys, stocks, and well, kinky sex altogether.

Have you ever ventured off to a sex store with friend or spouse? What kind of funny stories do you have? For one lucky commentor, you’ll win a digital copy of my latest novella.

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Here’s a sample of my latest release Stay With Me:

Mercedes popped an eye open to see the candle nearly burnt out. I don’t remember lighting this last night. Oh! The weight of a large arm wrapped around her, and the sheet hung off the edge of the bed. Alex! He spent the night.

He groaned into her ear as she adjusted her position. As she did so, there was a knock at her door. Mercedes gently lifted his arm and rolled out bed, grabbing her silk robe from behind the bedroom door and glancing at the time on the digital box, which read eight-o’clock.

Who the hell could be visiting so early? She’d paid the landlord three months in advance, and she hadn’t really met anyone to expect house calls.

From behind the door she called out “Who is it?”

“It’s me, dummy. Poppy and Brian.”

Shit. What now? “Poppy, it’s not really a good time. I was sleeping.”

“Just open the damned door. We won’t take up too much of your time. We just want to make sure you’re okay.”

Mercedes sighed. Reluctantly, she did as she was asked, and they made their way inside. “I’m sorry I don’t have any coffee, guys. I haven’t even been here long enough to go grocery shopping.”

“That’s all right, sugar. We only stopped in to see how you were holding up after last night,” Brian spoke up.

“I’m fine. Really. Though it was a shocker that Poppy would even think to invite me. But, as you can see, I made it home safe and sound, eventually.”

Never mind the fact that she had walked into a sick joke by Alex’s ex-sub—or whatever the heck she was called—Mercedes wouldn’t  forget last night any time soon. The moment she had a chance to take up the issue with Poppy, she would. But not until they were alone.

As she sat across from her company in the armchair, Mercedes clenched her butt cheeks and relaxed them. She couldn’t  get comfortable with the damned plug in her ass, and squirming or pouting wasn’t going to make it go away any time soon. Shoot! I forgot that was still there. “Is there any reason why this conversation couldn’t have waited ’til a more decent hour? Christ! It’s Saturday, and I had a long night, if you hadn’t  noticed.”

Brian smirked and peered around her to look on the dining room table where Alex had left his jacket. “You never told us you had company.”

“Well, that’s because you never asked. Last I checked, I didn’t realize I had to inform you.”

He snorted, patting Poppy on the knee. “You’re a cheeky one. I can see why you and Poppy get along so well. We’ll be on our way.”

“So soon? I thought we might all go out for breakfast,” Alex announced from the bedroom door, wrapped in nothing but the bed sheet.

Mercedes flushed like a child caught with her hand in the proverbial cookie jar. Great. Now, everyone knows the kind of things we’ve been doing together.

“Christ, Mercedes. There’s no need to be shy. We’re all adults here. Now, come in here and get dressed so we can go out for some food. After that, I’ll take you to the grocery store.” Alex nodded to his friend. “Brian, how about you and Poppy meet us at Alessandro’s family diner?”

Mercedes was so embarrassed by the chance meeting between her friends and lover that she couldn’t meet his eye. I can’t believe he just did that. He might as well have stood there naked. Mmm…now there’s a thought.

Alex prancing around her apartment in the nude made for perfect entertainment. Who needed art to hang on the walls, when one swift look at his impeccably well-kept form was pleasurable enough? Just how did I get so lucky? If someone would have told her a week ago, that she’d move back to her hometown and find herself in the arms of a handsome, built, and uber sexy gentleman, she would have called them a liar.

She wasn’t exactly the perfect zero, or whatever the preferred size of women was these days. She was a healthy size twelve, with large boobs and a generously curvy butt.

For years, she had struggled with weight loss and trying to keep up with the social norm. But no matter what fitness center she joined, or fad diet she tried, her svelte body always came back. She’d practically given up thinking that anyone would accept her body for what it was. That is, until now.

Ugh. Must think positive thoughts. Alex…naked…

She imagined reaching forward and yanking the sheet from his body. Damn. Today is shaping up to be a good one.

BIOGRAPHY

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Layna discovered her love of reading at an early age. When she isn’t devouring salacious romance novels or writing, she enjoys losing herself in researching ancient history and mythology, weaponry, and hiking. She lives in Northern Ontario, with her husband and two daughters.

Layna is a member of the Romance Writers of America, creator of the Romance Author at Large blog, and is a monthly contributor at 69 Shades of Smut. For updates on her upcoming releases, or to leave her a comment, you can find at:

Blog: laynap.wordpress.com

Website: www.laynapimentel.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/LaynaPimentel

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorLaynaPimentel

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Help wanted: I need character names peeps!

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Use this as a writing prompt too, but I’m needing some ideas for character names for a new contemporary.

It’s a BDSM series (4 books), and this couple is who the first book is about. Hero is a cop, and my heroine is a massage therapist.  Sounds like good times, eh? I know.

What do you guys think?

 

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Announcement Time Kinky Followers

I signed my fifth book with Secret Cravings Publishing. This time, Stay With Me is a contemporary erotic romance with BDSM elements. Yay!

Stay With Me has a tentative release date in December, so be sure to watch out for more details. You can find my blog here.

I’m ecstatic, and going out of my mind! Considering my first book was published back in February (this year), five releases in a span of ten months is pretty incredible. I have no idea how I did it, and how my poor husband and daughters have put up with me?

Anyways, for now, I’ll leave you with a little something-something from my latest release Scandal at Vauxhall. Enjoy!

 

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There had not been a moment these last twenty-four hours when the duchess did not occupy his thoughts. He dreamt of disrobing her out of those ridiculous layers of clothing, palming those beautiful round breasts, giving them the proper attention they required. Then, he would bury his face between her silken thighs, delving into her slick folds, edging her closer and closer to ecstasy as her eventual release shook him to the core.

Nathaniel shifted slightly to adjust the bulge in his breeches when he stepped on a twig, snapping it. The splintering wood drew the woman’s attention in his direction. Attempting to conceal his location, he moved into the shade, where he could not be found. Nevertheless, he had finally found her. The devil take it! Isabel, of all people, stood there, observing the couple lying down.

Nathaniel approached cautiously, to avoid alarming the duchess, until he stood behind her. She turned to face him, with shock splashed across her face. He locked her wrists above her against the trunk, leaving her nowhere to escape his assault of tender kisses. Lowering his head, he nipped at her lobe and dragged his tongue down the side of her neck.

“Darling, you do realize what you are doing is called voyeurism and is quite illegal.” He released her hands, only to wrap his arms around her, pulling her into chest. Her derrière firmly pressed against the throbbing ache of his manhood.

 

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Dirty old men. Who knew they could still get it on?

By the way, this is a true story, and I’m truly wishing I had mental bleach right about now.

A couple of weeks ago, I was leaving Walmart  in a rush to get home. By the time I figured out which row I parked my car in, I crossed the main lane only to hear the following by two men, beyond middle-aged discuss:

Old man #1: “Damn! It’s been long time since I’ve been able to find a piece of ass.”

Old man #2: “Yup. I’ve got the same problem.”

Old man #1: “If it isn’t one thing, it’s another, and they’re mostly dogs.”

 

At this point I can’t help but do a double take as I’m walking by. Both are overweight, and very unattractive.

 

Old man #1: … I just need to fuck something wet.”

 

At that moment, I nearly barfed in my mouth. All sorts of wrong crossed my mind when I heard that last part.

 

Believe me, I’m not prude. Hell, if I were, would I be so delighted to be in such perverted company? There has got to be a time and place to have those kinds of conversations. The Walmart parking lot, is definitely not one of those places. The last thing I want to hear is two old fogies getting their cock on, or a lack thereof.

So that’s my story, what about yours? Have you walked into a conversation of all kinds of wrong? Please share. I want to know!

 

~Layna

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Announcement: Winners from April 30th Post. Did you win an Amazon e-gift card? Find out what character names I’m going with.

In case you need a reminder of what the contest was all about, here is the link to the original post: http://wp.me/p2p9iQ-JY

Before I announce the winners, I wanted to thank everyone for weighing in. All of you gave me some fantastic choices, and believe me; it was hard to pick only four names.

So, here are my selections:

  • Lorelei
  • Declan
  • Cheyenne
  • Grayson

Congratulations to:

  • Debbie W
  • Alyson
  • Jennafer Lyn

Ladies, your gift cards will be sent via email, within 48 hours of this posting.

 

Happy reading girls!

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Wanted: Input from fellow smutters and dirty birds.

So did that subject line catch your attention or what? LOL Well if it did, then mission accomplished. I really do need your input, so here are the details.

As you some of you know, I have the Pleasure Garden Follies trilogy launching this summer with Secret Cravings Publishing, and I hope to share some other news soon, but haven’t been given the thumbs up yet. In the meanwhile, I do have a novel I have planned to finish writing, and another series to begin writing. Now this is where I need you.

I’m in the process of outlining a new project tentatively entitled the Morning After series. These books are going to be hot-to-trot, and probably the most scandalous thing I have ever written to date. Be prepared for office romance, kink–lots of kink, and menage scenarios. One of the things I’m struggling with is the names, and I thought I’d engage my readers by offering you the opportunity to help me come up with some not so ordinary names.

To be clear, I’m in the market for two female and two male names. Got any ideas on what I should call my guys and gals?

To make this fair and perhaps a little more fun, for any of the names I wind up using, I’ll give away a $5 Amazon gift card. That means you have four chances to win. So what do you say, are up for this? I’ll leave this contest open until my next post on May 30th and announce the winners then.

I look forward to reading your suggestions.

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Another sexy book coming your way.

Next month, I’ll be releasing another fantasy/paranormal erotic romance entitled Hardened Desire. I thought I debut the full excerpt for today’s post.

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BLURB:

What could Luc Mercier, a gargoyle who’s more than a century old, possibly have in common with modern introvert, Gillian Harris? Loneliness and isolation.

When meddlesome friends bring the two together, neither is prepared for the flurry of emotions nor revelations that overwhelm them. That is, until Gillian stumbles across the truth and struggles with how she let her guard down.

Learning to love again has never been harder.

 

EXCERPT:

Was he for real or what? Gillian mused while driving back to her High Park apartment. The stranger’s eyes captivated her, but also warned her not to get too close. There was something peculiar about his mannerisms. Who the hell actually kisses a woman’s hand when first meeting her these days? The age of polite men and chivalry only existed in history books and romance novels, and her life was anything but a romance novel.

Lizzie had crossed the line. What the fuck! Lizzie would be one dead chickie the next time Gillian saw her. If she wanted a date, she knew how to get one herself. Hell…the last thing I ever wanted was to be hand-fed a man.

Let alone the fact that she really didn’t have the time for one. It was bad enough this meeting put her into over-time, she still had work at eight in the morning. Yet, despite the inconvenience of this impromptu mini date—if you could call it as such—the man was charming in a distinguished sort of way.

Luc exuded a confidence that frightened her. Perhaps her inexperience with men dictated her apprehension, yet her inquisitive nature led her—or more accurately—dragged her on. She wanted to know more and understand what really attracted her to him in the first place.

Gillian backed into her designated parking space, narrowly missing the lamppost, utterly distracted by tonight’s events. She rushed into the building and ascended the staircase with expedience. She needed to talk to Lizzie and make sense of this, not to mention address the issue of her meddling.

Stepping into her apartment, she tossed her purse and briefcase aside and sought out her phone. Dialing Lizzie’s number, she kicked off her pumps and strode to the kitchen in hopes of finding wine, a cooler, anything. Anything to get her to relax, instead of freaking out. If there was ever a need for a stiff drink, now was one of those moments.

“There had better be a good reason for you to call and interrupt me,” the out of breath and exasperated voice answered.

Gillian squeezed her eyes shut, dumbfounded, pulling the phone away from her ear and smacking the hardware against the counter before returning it to her ear.

“Ugh! What did I ever do to you, Gillian?” Lizzie mumbled.

“Are you kidding me? What did you ever do to me? First of all, if you were in the middle of anything that involved being naked with a man, it’s your own damned fault for answering the phone. Secondly, I seem to recall a certain gentleman being directed to find me at Paradisio under your advisement. And don’t you dare tell me that you did nothing wrong!”

She hated being furious with Lizzie over this. She knew that good intention was meant, but if she didn’t draw the line at some point, she really had to wonder what was next.

Her friend scoffed then cleared her throat. “Listen, Gillian, first of all, I thought I was doing you a favor. And yes, I am in the company of two men…and yes, I said two. By the way, you should try it sometime. The man I sent to you seemed genuinely disappointed that he didn’t see you at the café tonight. Honestly, when are you going to learn to let go and live a little?”

 

So… What do you think? Have I intrigued you?

 

~L

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